Overcoming Your Phobia: 4 Facts to Ease Your Mind at the Dentist

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Many people have a phobia of going to the dentist. There are lots of reasons you might feel uncomfortable about seeing your dentist. You might be scared that it will hurt, or you will feel vulnerable when you’re in the chair. Perhaps you don’t like not knowing what’s going to happen, or you find it is a socially awkward event. Whatever your reason for being frightened of going to the dentist, there’s no need to be scared. Although your fear feels real, many of the causes of that fear aren’t realistic. Try reading these facts and answers to your concerns to help yourself feel more at ease.

Dentistry Has Changed Since You Were Young

One of the reasons many people don’t like the dentist is because of bad memories.  They had poor experiences in the past, often when they were children. When you’re a child, going to the dentist can seem even more frightening. Not only do you have to sit in a strange chair, but you have a strange person bending over you. However, it’s important to remember that dentistry has come a long way since you were young. Dentistry has improved, and dentists are more prepared to deal with nervous patients. You can also see the dental hygienist or therapist instead of the dentist.

You Can Share Your Worries with Your Dentist

Dentists are much more prepared to help anxious patients than they once were. They are happy to take the time to listen to your concerns and find a solution to help you. If you’re not comfortable talking to the dentist, you can speak to the dental hygienist or another staff member instead. They will take your concerns seriously and work with you to find out what will help you relax.

Your Dentist Will Help You Feel at Ease

There are several ways your dentist can help to ease your mind for your appointment. One thing many dentists do is allow you to listen to music. You can tune out and concentrate on your music, or perhaps a podcast or audiobook. Some offices also have TVs in the ceiling so that you can watch something. You can also look for an office that has dental chairs with massage features, which can help you to feel much less tense. Your dentist can also make sure they explain everything they’re going to do, so you know what to expect.

You Can Consider Sedation

Very anxious patients might ask about being sedated when they visit the dentist. If you consider this option, you won’t be completely put to sleep. Usually, a sedative will be administered to help you feel more relaxed and at ease. One of the options is to have sedation through inhalation. This is similar to having gas and air, which many women have when in labor. Some people prefer to have an intravenous sedation, but this won’t appeal if you’re not a fan of needles.

It can be hard to overcome fear, but visiting your dentist is an important task. Working on your phobia is essential to help you keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

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